Chiltan National Park
of Quetta in the province of Baluchistan
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Chiltan National Park, is another beautiful national park of Pakistan. The
area is mountainous with precipitous slopes divided by ravines. The
Chiltan Hills and Hazar Ganji Range lie west and east, respectively, of
the north-south Chiltan divide. It can easily be reached from the
provincial capital Quetta and attracts many visitors. Facilities include a
museum, picnic spots and accommodation in rest houses.
park was primarily establised to provide refuge to the endangered Chiltan
wild goat or Markhor. In the 1950s it was said to exceed 1,200, but in
November 1970 the population was estimated to number about 200, based on a
total count of 107 individuals. At present the total population of the
Chiltan wild goat is estimated to be about 800. The Suleiman markhor is
also present in the northern part of the Chiltan Range and a few urial
still survive on the western slopes between 1,500m and 2,100m. Carnivores
include Stripped hyaena and Red fox.
in the park include--Chiltan wildgoat or Markhor (T), Suleiman
Markhor (T), Urial sheep (Gad) (V), Indian wolf (R),
Stripped hyena (V), Leopard (?), Caracal (?),
Jackal (C), Red fox (C), Porcupine (C) and Desert
T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common, ?=Unknown.
in the park are--Houbara bustard, Griffon vulture, Egyptian vulture, Honey
buzzard, Laggar falcon, Peregrine falcon, Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk,
Scops owl, Common cuckoo, European bee-eater, Rock partridge, European
nightjar, Long-billed pipit, Orphean warbler, Variable wheatear, Blue rock
thrush, Stonechat, and Lichtenstein's desert finch.
in the park are-- Monitor lizard, Russell's viper, Saw scaled viper and
Spiny tailed lizard.
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